IRS Says It Can’t Find Two Years Worth Of Lois Lerner’s Emails

The IRS told Congress Friday that it lost two years worth of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 to a computer crash that occurred during the summer of that year. This is all very convenient for the IRS because it all but lets Lerner, a central figure in the agency’s Tea Party targeting controversy, off the hook.

The Hill reports:

The tax agency added that it was almost finished handing over some 67,000 emails sent by or from Lerner, the IRS official who set off a firestorm in May 2013 by acknowledging that the agency had improperly scrutinized Tea Party groups.

But that explanation didn’t sit well with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), who called for immediate investigations by both the Justice Department and Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration.

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” Camp said in a statement.

The IRS also said that it was almost finished handing over some 67,000 emails sent by or from Lerner.

But that explanation didn’t sit well with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), who called for immediate investigations by both the Justice Department and Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the IRS’s admission is “an outrageous impediment to our investigation” that would delay the release of the Finance panel’s report.

“While the IRS has agreed to turn over additional documentation, I am still greatly troubled that the Administration failed to notify the Committee of this when they first became aware of it,” Hatch said.

Camp doubled down, saying the computer crash would keep Congress in the dark about emails Lerner might have written to the White House, Treasury Department, Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and Democratic congressional offices, according to TheHill.com

The IRS claiming to have lost emails is beyond bizarre. And it’s a perfectly convenient way for them to wiggle themselves out of a mess they created by targeting Tea Party groups.

After all, the government usually fines people for failing to produce documentation.

Did the IRS not back those emails up to a local or offsite server? Of course they did. At least that’s what the IRS Commissioner told Congress in March. Lois Lerner emails were archived. Here is the video:

The IRS didn’t lose Lois Lerner’s emails. The only thing “lost” is the Obama administration’s damn mind.


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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